Fast and the Furious

Fast and the Furious

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Director: Rob Cohen

Cast: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

     
 

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A magazine article about real-life car racing gangs for Vibe becomes this fast-paced automotive thriller from director Rob Cohen. Paul Walker stars as Brian Spindler, a youthful FBI agent investigating a series of hijackings by going undercover with a street gang led by charismatic Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). Caught up in Toretto's world of gang conflict that is… See more details below

Overview

A magazine article about real-life car racing gangs for Vibe becomes this fast-paced automotive thriller from director Rob Cohen. Paul Walker stars as Brian Spindler, a youthful FBI agent investigating a series of hijackings by going undercover with a street gang led by charismatic Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). Caught up in Toretto's world of gang conflict that is resolved in late-night car races, Spindler starts to sympathize with his chief suspect and falls in love with Toretto's younger sister Mia (Jordana Brewster). In the meantime, Spindler initially suspects the wrong gang of complicity in the crimes he's probing, while Toretto remains involved in a forbidden romance, à la Romeo and Juliet, with his girlfriend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). The Fast and the Furious co-stars Ted Levine, Rick Yune, and Matt Schulze.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This supercharged melodrama was the year’s undisputed sleeper hit for good reason. Edgy and stylish, The Fast and the Furious goes beyond the extremely limited parameters of youth-oriented action films and very nearly attains the mythic quality associated with the rugged westerns of John Ford and Howard Hawks. Teen-movie hunk Paul Walker, in his first leading role, plays a hotshot driver who joins a cultlike coterie of Los Angeles street racers and becomes the protégé of local legend Dominic Torreto (Vin Diesel), whose posse rules the ‘hood. Their sleek, souped-up cars are fueled as much with testosterone as with gasoline, and violent clashes with rival gangs account for the film’s non-racing action highlights. Rob Cohen, who previously directed Walker in The Skulls, deliberately and effectively contrasts the brash and enigmatic novice with his unsavory mentor, a thoroughgoing hoodlum who adheres rigidly to his own peculiar code of honor. With his shaved head, muscular physique, and deep bass voice, Diesel is quickly becoming the most imposing screen presence of his generation. He imbues Torreto with charisma to spare. With the less complex part, Walker displays a heretofore unsuspected star quality, and Jordana Brewster shines as Diesel’s loyal sister. Occasionally improbable to the point of absurdity, The Fast and the Furious nonetheless succeeds in achieving a sort of surreal authenticity that makes it not only believable but genuinely gripping. The Collectors Edition DVD offers a commentary by Cohen in addition to deleted scenes, a making-of documentary, a montage of visual effects used to enhance the first racing sequence, an interactive segment showing the same car stunt from eight different angles, a featurette on the film's editing, storyboard-to-film comparisons, and several music videos
Barnes & Noble
"It delivers what it promises to deliver, and knows that a chase scene is supposed to be about something more than special effects." -- Roger Ebert,
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
If not for its pulse-pounding last act, The Fast and the Furious might be little more than a cheeky, intentionally corny street-racing movie in the vein of '50s and '60s exploitation flicks. But what a finale: Director Rob Cohen lines up not one but three chase scenes, one after another, with only the basest of dialogue and a modicum of exposition needed to set up the fun. Cohen is not above using digital effects to enhance a scene -- even throwing in a point-of-view shot of gasoline being injected into a turbocharger -- but they never get in the way of the unadulterated, metal-on-asphalt stunts. Better yet, he wisely knows when to turn down the score and let the grunts and growls of the machines (and their respective owners) heighten the tension of a particular sequence. For their part, the actors do their best to duck and dodge the script's worst lines, which are so simplistic they occasionally threaten to break into song. The normally irrepressible Vin Diesel seems somewhat damped down here, but even still, he has no problem wresting the picture away from its ostensible lead, Paul Walker. Chosen apparently for his resemblance to Steve McQueen (he even gets his very own Ali MacGraw-like love interest, Jordana Brewster), Walker has the most venerable of exploitationer roles, that of the outsider investigating a "dangerous" subculture. And also in keeping with exploitationer tradition, he's the least interesting thing in the movie.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
It delivers what it promises to deliver, and knows that a chase scene is supposed to be about something more than special effects.
Hollywood Reporter
Has B-movie grit, with sexy young actors, even sexier cars and the smarts to realize a teen movie will only work if you empathize with its characters. Kirk Honeycutt

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2003
UPC:
0025192294921
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:47:00

Special Features

Prelude for 2 Fast 2 Furious: a short film shot exclusively for this DVD with Paul Walker; multi-camera angles; exclusive behind-the-scenes footage; deleted scenes; exclusive feature: "Tricking Out a Hot Car!"; exclusive behind-the-scenes sneak peak at 2 Fast 2 Furious ; DVD Rom features

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Walker Brian O'Conner
Vin Diesel Dominic Toretto
Michelle Rodriguez Letty
Jordana Brewster Mia Toretto
Rick Yune Johnny Tran
Chad Lindberg Jesse
Johnny Strong Leon
Matt Schulze Vincent
Ted Levine Sgt. Tanner
Ja Rule Edwin
Thom Barry Agent Bilkins
Vyto Ruginis Harry

Technical Credits
Rob Cohen Director
David Ayer Screenwriter
Maria Baker Set Decoration/Design
Creighton Bellinger Associate Producer
Erik Bergquist Screenwriter
Felipe Borrero Sound/Sound Designer
BT Score Composer
Doug Claybourne Executive Producer
Ericson Core Cinematographer
Florence Fellman Set Decoration/Design
Sanja Milkovic Hays Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Honess Editor
Gary Jones Musical Direction/Supervision
Waldemar Kalinowski Production Designer
Kevin Kavanaugh Art Director
Ronna Kress Casting
Neal H. Moritz Producer
Jay Nierenberg Sound/Sound Designer
George Parra Asst. Director
John Pogue Executive Producer
John Pohue Executive Producer
Bruce Stambler Sound/Sound Designer
Gary Scott Thompson Original Story,Screenwriter
Happy Walters Musical Direction/Supervision

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Hijackers
2. Enter the Eclipse
3. The Snowman's Bet
4. NOS Fest
5. Big Trouble in Little Saigon
6. Right to Party
7. A Double Life
8. A Ten-Second Car
9. Undercover Blues
10. A Quarter Mile at a Time
11. Undercover Love
12. The Takedown of Johnny Tran
13. Race Wars
14. Jesse Throws Down the Pink
15. Mia's Choice
16. Hijackers' Hell
17. Fury in Echo Park
18. Race Against the Train
19. Honor
20. End Titles
21. Turbo-Charged Prelude to 2 Fast 2 Furious

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